5. Mass Effect Andromeda
Ever since the rather controversial ending of the original Mass Effect trilogy, fans of the space faring epic have been left with mixed feeling over one of gaming most popular sci-fi RPG’s. Regardless of which side of the argument you fell on, for a time no one was really sure if the Mass Effect series had a future in mind, but now with only a few months left, it’s time to save a whole new galaxy in Mass Effect Andromeda.
The general premise this time is that a portion humanity and all their alien friends have decided to leave our peaceful little reaper targeted galaxy see if Andromeda is any better off, the galaxy is always greener on the other side and all that. Players will step into the shoes of the Ryders, a brother and sister duo to pick from that are part of the pathfinders, people in charge of exploring the new home and keeping everyone generally safe from dangers. What we have seen from the Mass Effect Andromeda trailers doesn’t reveal too much of the overarching story, but with a new galaxy, characters and settings put into the Mass Effect universe, this is a soft reboot of the experience we all loved without the reset. I never did get on with the ending myself, so I really hope Mass Effect Andromeda can bring put the original magic once again.
4. Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Link’s newest adventure has been hotly anticipated since its first trailer reveal, and all this time certainly hasn’t done much to kill the hype behind it. While Zelda games have been open world in the past, Zelda: Breath of the Wild certainly does seem to capture that Elder Scrolls feeling with the size and scope of the world. Be it the many ways to interact with the environment and adapting to your surrounding for combat, the importance of basic survival skills and equipment or just wandering through this almost forgotten looking world of Hyrule, there’s certainly a fresh appeal to the formulas of the past.
More than anything I think people are simply exciting for another tale in the multiple timeline spanning series. Finding out exactly what time this Zelda game takes place, why the world seems to be shrouded in ruins and lost technology, and exactly where this new adventure will take us. With the 2017 release date creeping up on us as it coincides with the Switch release.
Prey seems to be rather hit or miss for a lot of people out there, but as someone who never played the previous titles in the franchise, it grabbed my interested upon its first reveal. Looking a bit like Dead Space meets Half-Life, the new and rebooted Prey shows a lot of strange events circling the protagonist, as they tend to do when you mess with science. People never learn.
A classic tale of science gone wrong, there’s time leaps with a continuing sense of displacement and confusion, shapeshifting creatures made of darkness, and that eye getting redder and redder. It seems to have all it needs for a Groundhog Day with time monsters story in the trailers we’ve seen, with a high sci-fi setting to boot. Time travel stories can either be interesting or incredibly generic though, and I certainly hope Prey delivers on an interesting story to go with the gameplay. Good time travel games seem few and far behind.
2. Persona 5
It’s been a long time coming but I’ve been excited for this one since the first reveal back in god knows when. Be it a look at the newly minted game in all its updated glory, the new possibilities with the characters and world, or simply that it’s a new main Persona title after so, this is something fans have waited many a year for. The trailer stirred no lack of questions either, and as we got to see the Phantom Thieves in action for the first time with a new story to uncover, followers of the franchise have been eagerly awaiting to see what’s in store for us when it does finally release over in the west. The Persona 5 trailer opened a whole series of questions and gave us a good look at what to expect, and we’ve been waiting for more ever since.
1. Resident Evil 7 Biohazard
I’ve gone from excitement about the changes to the old Resident Evil franchise to kind of reluctant to play it, not because it looks bad, but because I’m a huge coward and it could actually be scary to me for the first time in the goofy series. Resident Evil 7 Biohazard looks pretty damn convincing too, between the black slime monsters, relentless cannibal hillbilly’s and possible supernatural connection to ghosts this time. That last part being the most interesting, since the events of the last Resident Evil games seemed to suggest zombies may be old hat for the long running title, branching out could certainly be interesting. How this all connects to the previous universe and probably Umbrella is a big mystery though, and one I’d like to discover myself.
Little is known about the changes to Resident Evil 7 Biohazard, but we do know we’ll be playing as Ethan Winters, a man looking for this lost wife. I’m not holding my breath for a happy ending there.